Summer screen time

This is Mary’s new iPhone.

My niece made it, and it’s easily the most coveted item in our house. Everyone wants it but no one can touch it. After all, Mary has a data plan to consider.

Mary uses it like a fully functional phone — she takes pictures, she texts, she FaceTimes my mom. When she’s across the room from me, she lifts her phone to her ear to talk to me..

In this photo she’s showing Anna a cute puppy video.

Her only complaint is that it doesn’t have Find my iPhone capabilities. Last time I lost my phone she asked me about the whole DING DING DING process. When I explained it, she got a far-off, wistful look, and said, “Wow. I wish my phone had that. When I lose my phone I have to…look for it…”

Mmhmm, Mary. That’s right. You have to look for it. If you’re implying I replace your homemade phone with a real one, you should make yourself comfortable because you’re in for a speech entitled “I was 22 when I got my first phone, and when I was a kid, we had to get chicken pox the hard way.”

But if what you’re asking for is for me to make a little icon and stick it to your pretend phone, I can probably handle that.

One morning I took a blanket out to the backyard and we all sprawled across it. Looking up, I said, “Look guys, there’s not a cloud in the sky.” And Mary corrected me, “Mommy, there just aren’t clouds over us. There ARE clouds in other parts of the sky.”

And then she started tapping on her phone, I can only assume she was Googling “Support groups for children of plebeians.”


1 Comment

  1. Gayle Ann May 31, 2018

    The sad part is, they aren’t a luxury for a child anymore. My sister has one in the backpack of each of her children, with orders they are for emergencies, not games. They are the basic models. They can call her, my brother-in-law, or my mother, and only from school. They have orders to grab their backpacks in an emergency, and call when it is safe. She wanted to be able to contact them when the school has an emergency. When, not if, as it seems that it is only a matter of time before one’s school is in the evening news. The bus in NJ that made the news.. was the exit east of ours on 80.

    My elementary school had a Halloween party each year. We dressed up, and had a parade through the neighborhood, including a near by plaza (at the non-busy end of town). Merchants, and neighbors, waited to pass out candy. Issues with cookies and cupcakes aside, no one leaves the playground today, let alone take candy from strangers. Those are some of my strongest elementary school memories, and it is rather sad to think that those events won’t be experienced by a new generation of children. The goal is now to fortify schools to keep people out. I understand, but it is still sad.


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